Introducing TEDxKanata Speaker Scott Brison


Scott Brison is happiest when thinking ahead, driving change and breaking boundaries.

Dazzled by digital as an investment banker during the boom, Scott was befuddled as Paul Martin’s Public Works minister when asked to approve unnecessarily complex, multi-million-dollar government IT projects that seemed unrelated to user needs.

A decade later, named Treasury Board President by the Honourable Justin Trudeau in 2015, he was disappointed by how little had changed in the murky world of government IT planning and procurement.

There’s got to be a better way.

Scott Brison leads the Government of Canada Service Strategy, strategic IT/IM policy, drives the government’s focus on results, ensures the efficient functioning of the federal government through government expenditure management, and is the employer of the Public Service. He’s not a technologist, but has championed a more robust Government of Canada CIO and creation of the new Canadian Digital Service, while promoting a Public Service ethos of experimentation.

“Democratic government legitimacy. Is there an app for that?” Mr. Brison’s take on RE:DESIGN will focus on Digital Disruption. Ever wonder why your government can’t deliver the same level of service in renewing your passport as Amazon offers you in buying a book? Join the discussion on March 1st at TEDxKanata 2018, and be sure to follow Mr. Brison on Twitter.

Meet TEDxKanata Speaker Jim Provost


Jim Provost spends his days predicting the future at Lixar IT. As the Lead Data Scientist, Machine Learning, Jim understands the multifaceted landscape of Deep Learning technology, distributed LAMP applications, SharePoint farms and managing an agile development team.

He is a self-proclaimed math nerd who specializes in areas like data sciences, software development and business analysis, to name just a few. Jim’s background and experience spans across a spectrum of business areas, like product and project management, testing cycles, overseeing large-application architectures, as well as SEO and online marketing.

A veteran of start-ups, non-profits, and large enterprises, Jim is happiest when things just work like they’re supposed to. “I’m lucky to have a ridiculously cool job and work with amazing people” is Jim’s take on his career status quo. Jim holds a M.Sc, Computer Sciences from Queen’s University and a B.Eng, in Software Engineering from McMaster University.

Connect with Jim on Twitter and join us on March 1st at TEDxKanata 2018 to find out how he will interpret our theme RE:DESIGN.